Int'l Shōjo Manga Exhibit Imported Back into Japan
posted on by Egan Loo
The "Shojo Manga! Girl Power!" traveling exhibition will be reverse-imported to four locales in Japan after visiting nine cities in North America. The exhibition showcases the history of shōjo manga in Japan and the current state of the expanding field. It will carry much of the material assembled and curated by Dr. Masami Toku, Associate Professor of Art and Art History at California State University Chico, but it will also have additional works and a new title: "Shōjo Manga Power!" During the North American tours, it carried displays of works from 23 creators, including Osamu Tezuka, Hideko Mizuno, CLAMP, amd Fumi Yoshinaga.
The exhibit will first go to the Kawasaki City Museum, near Tokyo, from February 16 to March 30, and then head to the Kyoto International Manga Museum in central Japan from July 19 to August 31. Kyoto Seika University established both the first faculty of manga in Japan and the Kyoto International Manga Museum in 2006. Keiko Takemiya, the manga creator of To Terra… and Andromeda Stories and a professor at Kyoto Seika University, and Tomoko Yamada, the curator of Kawasaki City Museum, both contributed to the North American version of the exhibition. Few, if any, previous manga exhibitions in Japan have covered shōjo manga as a whole or examined the works from both native and international perspectives.
During the American 2005-2006 tour, the exhibition traveled to Chico, New Mexico, Chicago, and New York City. During the follow-up North American 2006-2007 tour, it traveled to Toronto, Ontario; Washington, D.C.; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Los Angeles, California; and Burnaby, British Columbia.